Fearless Fridays: Praying for Missionaries

Today is the feast of St. Therese of the Child Jesus. She is the co-patron of the missions so it is fitting that I am dedicating today’s Fearless Friday to praying (and fasting!) for all those who serve the mission.

Not everyone is called to serve in the missions abroad; but for those who do, it is often a laborious and (sometimes) thankless work. Sometimes it may take years (if ever) before a missionary sees the fruits of their labors. They spend their life in an unknown country learning its language and customs. All for the glory of God and to make Jesus known throughout the world.

So, through the intercession of St. Therese, let us lift up those serving in mission lands (and those whom they serve) with our prayers:

O almighty God,
Lord of the harvest of souls,
we ask You to guide and bless all
who have gone forth to preach the gospel.
Endow them with the gifts of generosity and concern.
Send your Holy Spirit on them,
that He may strengthen them in weakness,
comfort them in trials and direct their efforts.
May He open the hearts of their hearers
to receive Your message.
Let Your revelation enlighten all minds
for the salvation of souls,
and let Your love heal every heart and body
for the happiness of each person.
May all people consciously acknowledge You
and serve You by living the teachings of Your Son.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.

(Prayer found at catholicdoors.com.)